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A senior Russian security official struck a threatening tone in a social media post on Wednesday when he mocked whether Ukraine would exist in two years.
Ukrainian energy officials are racing to secure supplies of natural gas to heat homes and power businesses ahead of the fall and winter months as Russia’s war continues to devastate the country.
Officials reportedly met with the Biden administration earlier this month to try to secure funding for gas imports from major suppliers in the Middle East.
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Washington may also consider supplying Ukraine with liquefied natural gas (LNG) under a lend-lease program, Foreign Policy reported this week.
Russian deputy head of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said he had seen a proposal that would allow Ukraine to receive US LNG under a two-year program.
“Just a question,” he wrote on Telegram. “Who said that in two years Ukraine will even exist on the world map?
Medvedev claimed the United States did not care whether he would be reimbursed and said the move was part of an “anti-Russia” campaign.
Moscow has accused the United States and its NATO allies of fueling the war by supplying defensive weapons to Ukraine after Russian forces illegally invaded its southern neighbor in February.
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Congress passed a World War II Lend-Lease program in April that was used to help defeat Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Ukraine’s “Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Law of 2022” passed unanimously in the Senate and received only 10 opposing votes in the House from GOP lawmakers before the president Biden won’t sign the bill in early May.
The program will facilitate the export of military aid to Kyiv, although it is not clear whether fuel or natural gas supplies can be included in this program.
Russia has claimed that its military ambitions in Ukraine are to take “full control” of eastern and southern Ukraine.
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Although Kyiv has sounded the alarm, Moscow will not stop until it takes control of the whole country.
Medvedev’s comments on Wednesday suggest Russia will make another attempt to besiege the capital and assert its dominance over all of Ukraine.
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